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Visanthe Shiancoe: Vikings have to go with a veteran quarterback

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Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe doesn’t want to catch passes from a rookie quarterback this year.

Although there’s talk that the Vikings might be looking for a franchise quarterback in the draft, Shiancoe told NFL Network that he thinks the lockout and shortened offseason make it almost impossible for a rookie to be ready to start this season. So he wants to play with a veteran.

“The quarterback, that’s a dilemma right there,” Shiancoe said, via The Viking Age. “Being as the CBA is kind of cutting this offseason up a little bit — and that’s where camaraderie is built — especially rookies that’s where you learn the system, this is a whole new world for them. So that changes my whole approach on drafting a quarterback high. I would say we draft someone that could be a backup and that can learn. Right now we have to go with a veteran, someone that can adjust on the run. We might not even be practicing until August together, as a team collectively. That throws a monkey wrench in there.”

Making things even more difficult, Shiancoe said, is that the Vikings will be running a new offense under new coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“That’s also a dilemma,” Shiancoe said. “With a new coach and a new offensive coordinator they learn talent and learn the team and the players in the offseason — where can you use this guy? What are his strengths? What are his weaknesses? How can I plug this guy in here and there? Everybody is learning in the offseason. . . . I think the rookies are really going to hurt because it’s a brand new world for them.”

And playing with a rookie quarterback is a world Shiancoe doesn’t want to live in.

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39 Responses to “Visanthe Shiancoe: Vikings have to go with a veteran quarterback”
  1. packa7x says: Apr 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    He’s not going to be catching any passes so what does it matter who’s throwing to him?

  2. NFL Football Now says: Apr 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    Does Kolb count?

  3. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 11, 2011 9:05 AM

    Isn’t 8 year veteran Patrick Ramsay still on the team?

  4. whitetail28 says: Apr 11, 2011 9:11 AM

    I seriously wish Visanthe would just shut up…. Heard him yacking the other day that he wants to be known as Visanthe agin instead of Visant like last year. Oah how I hate him. If he was an above ave TE imagine how much he would be yacking. He would be TO like.

  5. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 11, 2011 9:15 AM

    After this next season, you’re going to look back upon 6-10 and a stadium collapse as the “good ol days.”

  6. dbellina says: Apr 11, 2011 9:18 AM

    Is today the Vikings news day or something?

  7. hedphurst says: Apr 11, 2011 9:21 AM

    Watch, Kerry Collins or Derek Anderson will probably be the Vikings’ starting QB in 2011.

  8. spawnsacs says: Apr 11, 2011 9:28 AM

    Is Brett Favre throwing to high schoolers yet? Hey Visanthe…get in touch with Longy, Jared and Hutch and head down there to find out.

  9. calloustongue says: Apr 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    Veteran or rookie QB will make no difference. The Vikings will be dwelling in the cellar of the NFC North for quite some time.

    Such a tragedy to see young talented players like Harvin and AP waste their primes for such an inept organization.

    No wonder most of their FA don’t want to return.

  10. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 11, 2011 9:38 AM

    Man, Sage Rosenfels would be the right man for the job for this one season (with a rookie ready to take over in 2012), wouldn’t he? Thanks Chilly…

  11. mightymightylafootball says: Apr 11, 2011 9:56 AM

    Why is it that any time a player offers his opinion on how a team should be built or be run, they end up sounding like fools?

    Marv Levy used to say, “The minute you start listening to the fans, you’ll find yourself sitting next to them in no time”. I’d say such advice could be applied to listening to the players, too…

  12. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 11, 2011 10:00 AM

    I’m getting sick and tired of Visanthe opening his damn mouth. Look at the last thing he said, “fans don’t understand the dangers of this sport”.

    Just shut the hell up, and catch a touchdown pass that isn’t against a corner in the redzone.

  13. dlmcc1010 says: Apr 11, 2011 10:26 AM

    Not sure who this guy has in mind? they know their window is closing but there really isnt any veterans out there to get the job done. Donovan McNabb is not one of them.

    The only real option for them is to draft a young QB and hope he pans out. You cant win a Super Bowl with Sage Rosenfels and those type guys.

  14. FinFan68 says: Apr 11, 2011 10:46 AM

    Seeing as how they are installing a new offense, wouldn’t that lessen the advantage a vet has over a rookie? Rookies need to adjust to the speed of the game, a work schedule that does not involve a college campus and getting to know the guys on the team…none of that really has anything to do with playing the game on the field. Since all the teams are in a potentially drastically shortened off-season, this is the year a rookie has a decent chance as a starter, not the opposite

  15. pervyharvin says: Apr 11, 2011 10:49 AM

    calloustongue says: Apr 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    Veteran or rookie QB will make no difference. The Vikings will be dwelling in the cellar of the NFC North for quite some time.
    ======================================
    Spoken like a true cheesy puff stuffing Pack fan. The NFL changes greatly year to year. One injury to your Golden girl Rodgers and the Pack could be playing 6-10 ball. You know nothing.

  16. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 11, 2011 11:10 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Apr 11, 2011 10:49 AM
    calloustongue says: Apr 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    Veteran or rookie QB will make no difference. The Vikings will be dwelling in the cellar of the NFC North for quite some time.
    ======================================
    Spoken like a true cheesy puff stuffing Pack fan. The NFL changes greatly year to year. One injury to your Golden girl Rodgers and the Pack could be playing 6-10 ball. You know nothing.

    ——

    HA HA HA HA HA HA. Perhaps you missed Matty Flynn picking apart the Pats. That’s how we roll m’boy. One player goes down another steps up, it’s the genius of Ted Thompson.

  17. packa7x says: Apr 11, 2011 11:13 AM

    @pervyharvin

    We had 16 huge injuries and still won the Super Bowl :)

  18. calloustongue says: Apr 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    Yeah I’m sure a team with no QB prospects, a new head coach, a new offense, no moral, several FA leaving, and the shadow of possibly leaving the state of MN looming over them is going to contend with a Super Bowl Champion team that is stacked from top to bottom.

    Good luck with that.

  19. cleonslamminsalmon says: Apr 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    More news from a last place team. Funny the most stone handed TE in the league is talking about QB’s.

  20. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 11, 2011 11:53 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA. Perhaps you missed Matty Flynn picking apart the Pats. That’s how we roll m’boy. One player goes down another steps up, it’s the genius of Ted Thompson.
    _________________

    I believe the Packers lost that game, although I do give Matty Ice credit for putting up 3 points against the Lions. More than A-Rodg could do.

  21. edukator4 says: Apr 11, 2011 11:59 AM

    not a viking fan by any stretch of the imagination. however, please explain to me how his comment doesnt make complete sense. rookies need time in rookie offseason to be groomed. those who dont get time dont have productive first years. if this team expects to win (and why wouldnt shiancoe WANT to believe that) then a vet qb is their best chance this year.
    i think some commentors simply see a picture of a guy on a team they hate and proceed to type standard “guy’s an idiot” comment

  22. ilpackerbacker says: Apr 11, 2011 12:03 PM

    More deleted comments – a new trend at PFT.

    Anyways, good thing Favre taught Viscanthe how to run his mouth, and tell the GM how to do his job, who to sign, and all that good stuff. Promotes real good team harmony, LOL.

  23. carlgerbschmidt says: Apr 11, 2011 12:10 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Apr 11, 2011 11:53 AM

    I believe the Packers lost that game, although I do give Matty Ice credit for putting up 3 points against the Lions. More than A-Rodg could do.

    ——

    Don’t recall saying that they won, just that he picked apart their secondary like it was wearing purple. Ah, and A-Rodg won the Super Bowl MVP, name one viking that has done that. Oh, that’s right, I’m sorry I forgot, your team usually has to win the Super Bowl before one of its players gets to be MVP. How many Super Bowls have you won, again?

  24. chuckyd317 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:11 PM

    Hey Visant, or Visanthe… what ever the F your name is now…. T Joke is a veteran… go with him then and draft Locker.. Im sure Locker would learn a lot behing him and Webb.. Like what not to do as QB and how to not win games…

  25. joetoronto says: Apr 11, 2011 12:29 PM

    All hatin aside, dude makes sense.

  26. cubEbear54 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:31 PM

    I thought Matty Ice played for the Falcons??

  27. adsbad28 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:36 PM

    shank is right we need a veteran and for sure the vikes will pick one up. to all u fudge packer fans shank is one of the most under rated TE’s in the game he will be catching more balls than your boy mark chumara caught slack for his thirteen year old girlfriend.

  28. vikesfan23 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:49 PM

    Why is it that all the Packer fans have to comment on Vikings news? We get it!!! Your team won the Super Bowl, your team has an MVP QB and we don’t, your team…….stay on your team and quit coming over to Vikings news and making comments, you sound like an “idiot” even more than Visanthe or Visant!! LOL. Silly drunken Packer fans!!!!

  29. duece5 says: Apr 11, 2011 12:50 PM

    dbellina says:
    Apr 11, 2011 9:18 AM
    Is today the Vikings news day or something?

    duec5 says:

    Obviously, you aren’t a PFT follower…..EVERY day is a Viking news day. I know it sucks if you’re a pack/bear/whatever fan…..PFT IS VIKING COUNTRY!!!!

  30. spawnsacs says: Apr 11, 2011 12:52 PM

    Is that all you have left Pervy? Still fuming over the Packers hoisting another Lombardi trophy while your team was trying to hoist the roof of thier busted stadium? You see, your day in the sunshine was 2009, and an ex-packer castoff drowned any hopes you might have had of being relevent again.

    Call us what you like, fact is the Packers trophy case became a little more cramped this year, while the Vikings….do the Vikings even have a trophy case?

  31. saxmachine69 says: Apr 11, 2011 1:07 PM

    It’s hilarious that Pack fan see one good game in a loss against a below average defense with no game film on him (and ignore a terrible game against another below average defense) and believe that Matt Flynn is the next Steve Young in the making.

    Not that Flynn isn’t or never will be a good QB, but I’ll believe it when he proves he can do it more than once

  32. brewdogg says: Apr 11, 2011 1:12 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Apr 11, 2011 11:10 AM

    ——

    HA HA HA HA HA HA. Perhaps you missed Matty Flynn picking apart the Pats. That’s how we roll m’boy. One player goes down another steps up, it’s the genius of Ted Thompson.

    ———————————-

    Matt Flynn. The guy whose career stat line mirrors Tavaris Jackson’s? That Matt Flynn?

    What, you don’t believe me?

    Flynn: 59% comp%, 6.0 y/a, 3td/3int, 73.2 QB rating
    Jackson: 58.7% comp%, 6.6 y/a, 24td/22int, 76.6 QB rating

    Nearly identical. Jackson’s are actually a little better…. That Matt Flynn? That’s the one you’re talking about?

    So, did you watch that NE game. The only completion of longer than 16 yards was the 66yd TD to Jones, and that only happened because Merriweather took a terrible angle, let Jones behind him, and knocked the CB down.

    Picked apart…. Yup, he sure showed those Patriots how to throw the ball five yards….

  33. kingpitvinny says: Apr 11, 2011 1:20 PM

    Im pretty sure what he means is “Brett, we want you back buddy!”

  34. pervyharvin says: Apr 11, 2011 1:28 PM

    @vikesfan23 …Don’t let the cheese stuffers bother you. They have a couple modern and many Stone Age titles,so what? You would think they wouldn’t have the time of day for us.Truth is,they are and always will be jealous of all things MN and especially the mighty Vikings!

  35. zn0rseman says: Apr 11, 2011 2:20 PM

    Agree that Rosenfels would be great righ now, as would Kolb or Palmer. I also agree that adding McNabb would be a bad move, probably worse than going with Ramsey, Webb or Rhett Bomar (who I still think could be decent if given a shot). The bottom line is that they need to draft a rookie (Kapernick, Ponder, Mallet or Locker), move Webb back to WR (which is where he should be anyway), accquire a veteran (Rosenfels, Palmer or Kolb) and let Bomar and Ramsey compete for the 3rd spot.

    However, I say all of that knowing that regardless of what they do, they will struggle on offense this year. Letting go of Darrel Bevelle was a huge mistake with a looming lockout, because they have a new coordinator and a new system to learn, and no offseason to do it in.

  36. granadafan says: Apr 11, 2011 3:23 PM

    Translation: I need a veteran QB for my stats.

  37. goombar2 says: Apr 11, 2011 6:25 PM

    If the vikes were serious about getting their act together, Spielman would tell ESPN or NFL network they were looking into drafting a TE as their old one is obviously done with his NFL career…

    Stinko isn’t the greatest thing on turf and his ideas are stupid. That’s why nobody’s hired him as GM. THere are pluses and minuses to everything, but there is no plus to an over rated TE running his mouth about how the team is put together. That’s done by the GM.

    And could the vike fans stop it with the under rated nonsense? Stinko isn’t under rated. 6-10 cellar dwellers aren’t under rated. Just because the vikes think Greenway is worth 10 mil and a shot putter is worth 5 mil, doesn’t mean they are worth near that in reality.

    Geez, what did Levy say again about fans running a team? Seems like that’s where Spielman’s been getting his ideas.

  38. dragonfly99 says: Apr 11, 2011 9:30 PM

    Let the Brett Favre talk begin. Time to head down to Mississippi with the other three idiots, get on your knees, and beg ole Brett to come back.

  39. jgat12 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:13 AM

    “Is that all you have left Pervy? Still fuming over the Packers hoisting another Lombardi trophy while your team was trying to hoist the roof of thier busted stadium? You see, your day in the sunshine was 2009, and an ex-packer castoff drowned any hopes you might have had of being relevent again.”

    Yeah yeah yeah, talk all the trash you want.. but why, o why, do you feel the need to include the roof collapse of the metrodome? Do you think any of us Vikings fans remotely care about that big inflatable toilet? I”m as happy as I could be that piece of crap fell apart because its going to help the Vikings get a new stadium here in Minnesota…

    Enjoy your trophy, great season for the pack.. But sleep tight knowing Arod is one concussion from being done…One good solid smack to the ground and he is history, forever.

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